A crucial part of what we do at Public Citizen is litigate, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.
But while we react publicly to individual decisions, we almost never comment on individual justices or judges, or on nominees.
And we rarely talk about the overall performance of the Supreme Court.
But, like you, we have been shaken by the Supreme Court this week.
Today, the Supreme Court invoked the First Amendment to undermine workers’ rights to join together in unions.
Yesterday, it set aside the First Amendment values that it claimed to valorize when legitimizing Trump’s anti-Islamic Muslim ban.
And on Monday, it shrugged off Equal Protection concerns while giving the green light to racial gerrymandering — a decision that followed one earlier this month giving the go-ahead to voter suppression.
As these decisions illustrate, what’s at stake in the next Supreme Court seat is the very character of America.
And, as we look to the next nominee, we at least want to say this:
Americans cannot and will not tolerate a pick who will create a majority to:
- take away a woman’s right to control her body;
- backtrack on marriage equality and the rights of LGBTQIA people;
- enable racist policy;
- empower corporations to cheat and injure consumers through fabricated doctrines of immunity;
- twist the First Amendment into a tool to protect corporations from regulatory controls;
- eviscerate our democracy by undermining voting rights or further empowering the superrich to dominate our elections;
- reflexively side with Donald Trump in the legal issues regarding potential obstruction of justice or related matters that may very well land at the Supreme Court.
These are difficult and sad times in America.
But we will stand together, and we will assert a better vision for this country.
And, so long as we do stand together, we will, ultimately, win.
I believe that without reservation.
President, Public Citizen
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